Parish Council

The Voice of the Parish

The Parish Pastoral Council typically meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Aquinas Room. All are welcome to attend! Parish Council is made up of both resident and student parishioners.  The 2017 Chairperson is Donna Blauch (  View the minutes from the most recent meetings here.

2018 Parish Council Call for Applications

Council Application Form 2017 – Due Monday, November 27 by 4pm

Council Commitment Form SAMPLE – to be signed after new member appointment

What’s new:

  • New Parish Council Bylaws
  • Term limits – January 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 (15 months)
  • Option to renew or step off after your term is complete (you’re not signing your life away!)
  • No elections – mutual discernment process with application
  • Council members will serve as commission liaisons (1-3 per commission), helping to communicate information and fostering the development of each commission:
    • Fellowship
    • Worship
    • Education
    • Service & Justice
    • Campus Ministry
  • The Council positions of President and Secretary will not hold liaison roles

Upcoming Projects:

  • With Pastor, set coordinated effort for the total pastoral plan for the parish
  • Help to implement renewed commission structure
  • Foster cross-ministry communication and collaboration within the parish


  • Any registered adult member of the parish willing to serve
  • 12 total positions – minimum of 4 for students, 4 for residents
  • Attend monthly meetings (students are not required to attend during school breaks)

How to apply:

  • Download a Council Application Form or pick up a paper copy in the Gathering Space
  • Complete the form and return it via email to Fr. Rich or to the parish office no later than 4pm on Monday, November 27.
  • Applicants will be reviewed by Newman staff and current Council. Applicants will be chosen based upon skills of the applicant and the needs of the parish.
  • New members will be asked to sign a Council Commitment Form for the length of their term